Scorpions Guard Jewelry Store
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    Scorpions stand guard over precious goods
    Delores Flynn / The Detroit News


    SOUTH LYON -- Fred Vitali peered into a jewelry case for a closer look at a necklace, and immediately jumped back in surprise. Among the sparkling stones and precious metals in South Lyon Watch and Jewelry's display cases lives a small but menacing security team: live scorpions.


    "What the heck is going on?" asked Vitali, a Commerce Township resident. "I've never seen anything like this."


    The dozen or so scorpions guard the store's one-of-a-kind and limited edition jewelry designs. "Everyone loves them," owner Scott Ward said. The scorpions got the gig last spring, when Ward put together a Southwestern-themed display, complete with turquoise and silver jewelry.


    The eight-legged arthropods were such a hit that when Ward removed them, customers kept asking their whereabouts. "I took them home last winter but the inquiries kept coming. I never thought I'd be the owner of scorpions. But they're no hassle at all. We round them up and feed them crickets at night and let them roam the cases during the day," he said. A sign at Eight Mile and Pontiac Trail advertises the store as "the world's most dangerous jeweler."


    Most scorpions have a sting that can produce tremendous pain, numbness and swelling in humans.


    The store's motto is "Stay Alert. Stay Alive," when opening display cases to show items to customers.


    South Lyon resident Marge Rozman is a longtime customer of the store. "The scorpions make you feel kind of creepy," she said. "But I think it's a good idea. I don't think he will have any theft problems. No one is going to want to stick their hand in there."
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